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Express: ‘Act more PRESIDENTIAL’ Junker told to GROW UP after ‘trying to get David Davis SACKED’

Date: 13 05 2017

‘Act more PRESIDENTIAL’ Junker told to GROW UP after ‘trying to get David Davis SACKED’

A SENIOR Tory has warned that negotiations with the EU could be “impossible” amid allegations that Jean-Claude Juncker tried to have Brexit Secretary David Davis sacked.

Mr Juncker’s spokesman refused to deny allegations made by Mr Davis that the European Commission President had tried to have him removed.

The row follows a leak of an account of a dinner Mr Juncker had with Theresa May in Downing Street to a German newspaper apparently aimed at attacking Britain.

The leak has been described by Mr Juncker as “a serious mistake” but he denied responsibility for it.

However, Mr Davis has now claimed that it was part of a ploy to get him the sack.

He said: “I think to be honest he [Juncker] has now learned his lesson – he is not going to be meddling in British politics anymore or at least if he does he will get the same reaction.”

He added: “All these stories are briefing against me, trying to get me sacked – which, of course, is a compliment by the way.

“If they don’t want me across the table, there is a reason for that – it is in Britain’s interests, not theirs.”

The aggressive actions by Brussels saw the Prime Minister make a dramatic statement in Downing Street claiming that senior Brussels figures want the Brexit talks to fail and are trying to influence the outcome of the General Election and meddle in British politics.

It comes as the EU has upped its exit fee demands to an eye watering £85 billion which the Government has made clear it will not pay.

And earlier this week former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had to negotiate a bailout for his country when it was on the point defaulting with its debts, said that the Brussels strategy follows a familiar pattern.